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September 3, 2013 / Issue 37

In this issue:

Top 5 strategic assets derived from ICD-10

Beers implicated in emergency room visits

Innovative IT solutions reduce readmissions 25 percent

Despite backlogs, VA disability claims processors get bonuses

AMA president optimistic about a fix for Medicare’s doctor payment formula

It's what you don't know about supply spend that's costing you

CMS moves toward greater transparency

'ICD-10: One-year countdown' webinar by Wolters Kluwer Health, Health Language

ONC workgroup releases meaningful-use Stage 3 recommendations

HIMSS14 registration is open: Feb. 23-27, 2014, Orlando

Nutrition: Best to eat before or after exercise?

Most popular last issue: 15 things to know about the HIPAA omnibus final rule before Sept. 23

Hot Clips: Security


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Feature Article: ICD-10

Top 5 strategic assets derived from ICD-10

Why the journey is more important than the destination.

By Matthew R. Dutton, Freed Associates

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Hospitals

Beers implicated in emergency room visits

Nationwide, roughly a third of all visits to emergency rooms for injuries are alcohol related. Now a new study suggests that certain beverages may be more likely to be involved than others.

Read the NY Times article. >

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Analytics

Innovative IT solutions reduce readmissions 25 percent

The combined use of data analytics and advanced telecommunications has helped El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, Calif., achieve a dramatic 25 percent drop in patient readmissions.

Read the CHIME news. >

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Claims and Coding

Despite backlogs, VA disability claims processors get bonuses

While veterans waited longer than ever in recent years for their wartime disability compensation, the Department of Veterans Affairs gave its workers millions of dollars in bonuses for “excellent” performances that effectively encouraged them to avoid complex claims that needed extra work to document veterans’ injuries.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

AMA president optimistic about a fix for Medicare’s doctor payment formula

Debated and despised, the Medicare physician payment formula may finally be on the way out – at least that’s what AMA President Ardis Hoven believes.

Read the KHN article. >

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Hospitals

It's what you don't know about supply spend that's costing you

When the Advisory Board Co. examined typical approaches to clinical supply cost savings, it found that each stakeholder – physicians, finance leaders and suppliers – lacked a piece of knowledge that obscured potential sources of value within the supply market for an organization.

Read the Advisory Board Co. article. >

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Medicare & Medicaid

CMS moves toward greater transparency

CMS is ushering in a new era of openness by letting everyone know its next steps to create a more transparent healthcare system.

Read the CMS blog. >

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ICD-10 Webinar Sept. 10

'ICD-10: One-year countdown' webinar by Wolters Kluwer Health, Health Language

Join Health Language for an information-packed 60-minute webinar for healthcare professionals involved in ensuring their facility's successful transition to and use of ICD-10. The webinar aims to provide participants with all the tools needed to not only complete the transition to ICD-10, but to maximize its benefits and gain a clear understanding of its short- and long-term impacts. Sept. 10 Noon EST / 11 a.m. CST / 10 a.m. MST.

Learn more and register. >

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Meaningful Use

ONC workgroup releases meaningful-use Stage 3 recommendations

The Meaningful Use Workgroup, part of the Health IT Policy Committee that advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, has drafted recommendations for meaningful-use Stage 3 goals and criteria.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Events

HIMSS14 registration is open: Feb. 23-27, 2014, Orlando

There's only one place, one week, once a year where you can immerse yourself in all things health IT and stay at the forefront of innovation and change: the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition. Act now for early bird rates.

Learn more about the big event. >

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Personal Health

Nutrition: Best to eat before or after exercise?

The body needs fuel to perform. But what fuel? And when? These are the questions many of us ask ourselves as we get ready for a long run or finish up an hour in the weight room.

Read the Washington Post article. >

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Most popular last issue: HIPAA

15 things to know about the HIPAA omnibus final rule before Sept. 23

By Sept. 23, hospitals and physicians must comply with the HIPAA omnibus final rule, which strengthens patient privacy protections and provides patients with new rights to their protected health information. Here are some highlights from the omnibus final rule healthcare providers and covered entities should be mindful of to ensure compliance by Sept. 23.

Read the Becker's Hospital Review article. >

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Hot Clips

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Click on the highlighted links below to read the top HMT archival properties concerning Security, a topic that is at the forefront of healthcare discussions.

  1. When backups are not enough
    The vital importance of developing a disaster recovery plan – and testing it regularly.
  2. Products and Services: Security/Data Protection
    HMT's latest selection of security-related health IT solutions.
  3. What you need to know about encryption
    You should start by differentiating between data at rest and data in motion.
  4. Prioritizing secure data delivery in the age of compliance
    To address breach-via-email threats, healthcare organizations should complement their existing data-protection solutions with outbound email-screening technologies and best practices.
  5. Paging hospital CSOs: We have a code BYOD in data security
    Strategies for handling bring-your-own-device information access include secure Web portals, virtualization and risk-level authentication.

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